Resource: Virtual - Source • Install: 7 • Influence: 1

Whenever you make a successful run on R&D, instead of accessing cards, you may install Eden Shard from your grip, ignoring all costs.

trash: The Corp draws 2 cards.

Limit 1 per deck.

Neutral • Seage • Upstalk 20
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Eden Shard
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This card is almost as puzzling to me as Record Reconstructor. Without a Sweeps Week equivalent for runners, it seems to do nothing but help the corp. And in the few cases where it might be useful, namely vs an Accelerated Diagnostics + Power Shutdown, there are better options that cost the same, or less (if playing Shaper) influence: Sacrificial Construct.

Unlike ES, Sacrificial Construct can always be installed for the low price of one , whereas to make ES worthwhile you almost always have to make a successful run on R&D, which costs you a anyway and potentially a lot of credits. Sacrificial Construct is a nice safety net for all sorts of situations, while ES's utility is extremely niche. Finally, Sacrificial Construct isn't limited to a single copy per deck, and if nothing else each copy can be sold to Aesop's Pawnshop / Chop Bot 3000 if it's not needed. Oh, and Sacrificial Construct can combo with Paige Piper while this cannot, and is more useful with Chop Bot 3000 / Aesop's Pawnshop.

So clearly this must be useful some place where Sacrificial Construct isn't, and that has to be due to the fact that it forces a draw. Maybe in a Data Leak Reversal deck, but it's not needed there. It can increase the rez cost of IQ, but also its strength. Presumably one could use this after the corp's final , and if they were at their maximum hand size, they now have to discard 2 cards. But they get to choose which 2, and a corp deck without 3 copies of Jackson Howard is about as rare as unicorns are in real lifeā€”that is to say, quite rare. But, I think we'll succeed in getting a narwhal to interbreed with a horse before this will see play.

(The Universe of Tomorrow era)
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If Corp only has one card in hand, this could turn on a Legwork run. But that's pretty specific use. Also, Fisk Investment Seminar arguably doors Smyth —
Sorry. posting on phone. I was gonna say Fisk Investment Seminar arguably does anything you would want this to do and provides more benefit as well. Just can't be used mid run. —
I'm confused - how and why is this comparable with Sacraficial Construct? —
It's a multiaccess booster for both HQ and R&D. The former, as Wayne mentioned, with a legwork, and the latter as a way of digging past crap that you don't want on the second Medium or R&D interface run. —
@AdamFitzgerald - I was comparing it to Sacrificial Construct in the case of the AD/PS combo. —
@Pikeman But how is Sacrificial Construct useful against the AD/PS combo? —
@Pikeman - Yes, but how does Sacrificial Construct help against the AD/PS combo? —
Also, how does Sacrificial Construct combo with Replicator? —
If you fire it following a turn where the corp ended on a full hand, then run as Fisk forcing another draw, that's six cards the corp is over hand size, plus one when they make their mandatory draw at the start of their turn. That's a lot of cards to manage and if you can keep up the pressure by recurring FIS and Eden Shard (Trope?), the corp will leave windows open for you to take advantage of... —
Sacrificial Construct doesn't stop Power Shutdown "discard X cards" effect. Corp discards X cards, Runner chooses a program or piece of hardware to trash, then the runner could use sacrificial construct to save it. The cards are still discarded, which is all the AD/PS combo really cares about. —
Well, the few times I've faced AD/PS, I would have had a fighting chance if not for having to trash most of my rig. That said, it doesn't see much play at my LGS as Fisk is ever present there. —
By the way, SC does *not* combo with Aesop's. —
The reason Sac Con kills Shutdown combo isn't about stopping the rig damage from the initial Shutdown, it's for keeping Clot on the table through CVS. —